Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Doc's gift to Lenny is:

2. Chick's attitude toward Meg reveals:

3. Babe's story suggests that Lenny broke up with Charlie Hill because:

4. Meg arrives in town without knowing:

5. Lenny's solo celebration suggests:

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Lenny and Babe feel at the start of Act III?

2. Describe some contradicting facets of Babe's character.

3. The candy Chick brings, which is outdated and unwanted, might represent what?

4. Why is Lenny so angry at Meg?

5. Chick is presented as "too big" for her pantyhose, and her hairstyle threatens to become too big also. What does this bigness suggest about her character?

6. Who is Billy Boy and what does he represent?

7. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

8. Describe Chick's motivations.

9. What is significant about the last image on stage before the lights go down?

10. Why is Meg easily comforted by Barnette's sacrifice, while Babe is not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the ideas of fault and blame in Henley's play. What idea or events connect to fault and blame for the Magraths? What message is Henley communicating through the ideas of fault and blame in her play?

Essay Topic 2

Consider Henley's use of humor at opportune moments in the play. Then write an essay in which you identify Henley's most successful examples of humor in the text, and discuss the effect these moments have on the author's purpose.

Essay Topic 3

Author Alex Haley said "In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." Write an essay in which you examine this idea in relation to Crimes of the Heart.

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